Frederick, Maryland: A Neighborhood Guide

Frederick, MD
Rachael Cooper

Frederick, Maryland is located about an hour northwest of Washington, DC and an hour west of Baltimore. The city is the second largest in Maryland and has a 50-block historic district with many buildings dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Frederick has a variety of attractions, including Civil War sites, museums, parks, recreational facilities, wineries, antique shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. For many years, Frederick, Maryland was a rural community and small town. As real estate prices near Washington, DC have climbed in recent years, farmland in Frederick County has been developed and families have moved here to find more affordable housing and less congestion.


Downtown Frederick is located on the southern end of Frederick County, just north of Montgomery County. Located less than one hour from Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Gettysburg, the city of Frederick is surrounded by mountain views.The city is accessible from I-70, I-270, US 15, and US 40.

Frederick Transportation

  • MARC Stations: Brunswick, Downtown Frederick, or Point of Rocks.
  • AMTRAK: Transfer to MARC trains from Baltimore and Washington stations.
  • Frederick Municipal Airport: Serves general aviation.
  • Greyhound Bus: Terminal in Downtown Frederick.
  • TransIT: Provides Frederick County bus service
  • Downtown Express Shuttle: FREE. Parking for the shuttle is available at Harry Grove Stadium.

Major Points of Interest in Frederick, Maryland

  • Harry Grove Stadium - The baseball stadium is home to the Frederick Keys, a minor league affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. 
  • Frederick Fairgrounds - The site is home to the annual agricultural fair and used for community fairs and events throughout the year
  • Baker Park - The 44 acre park includes a carillon, a lake, a public swimming pool, tennis courts, athletic fields and several playgrounds.
  • Monocacy National Battlefield - A unit of the National Park Service, the battlefield is the site of the Battle of Monocacy in the Civil War.
  • Everedy Square & Shab Row - The city block is home to the largest cluster of special shops and eateries in Downtown Frederick. 
  • Schifferstadt Architectural Museum - The museum is the oldest house in Frederick and provides a window to the French and Indian War era.
  • Weinberg Center for the Arts - The performing arts center offers a variety of live entertainment and educational programs. 
  • National Museum of Civil War Medicine -  The museum focuses on the medical history of the Civil War.
  • Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo - The 35-acre private animal park is home to a variety of exotic animals and offers family-friendly events.
  • Gambrill State Park - The park offers a variety of outdoor recreation amenities including hiking and biking trails, camping, and more.

Major Annual Events in Frederick, Maryland

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